Many moms end up supplementing breast milk with formula at some point. Trying to figure out the best way to do it can be confusing — should you mix breast mix and formula together? Or give breast milk first, and formula only as needed? Here are three ways to supplement breast milk with formula, and the pros and cons of each.
Any amount of breast milk is beneficial, and it's okay to supplement with formula if that's what works for your family. While health experts recommend feeding babies breast milk exclusively until solids are introduced usually around 4 to 6 months, depending on your baby's readiness , parents may choose to supplement with formula for a variety of medical or personal reasons, such as a low milk supply or the challenges of pumping at work. Your supply of breast milk depends on your baby's demand for it, so the less often you nurse or pump , the less milk your breasts will produce. If you supplement with one or two bottles of formula a week, the effect on your milk supply should be minimal. But if you supplement with formula regularly, for example, for one feeding a day, and don't pump, your milk supply will adjust to the reduced demand. If you're concerned that you might have a low milk supply , talk to your baby's doctor or a lactation consultant. Here are three reassuring signs that your baby's getting enough breast milk:.
By Teresa Pitman April 1, Alison Lee of Guelph, Ont. The midwife handed Lee some pre-mixed formula and told her to start supplementing with formula immediately. You may also like: 15 easy and nutritious breastfeeding meal ideas.
With the right support and information, most mothers can make more than enough breast milk to keep their babies well fed. But what if breastfeeding is not going well or a baby seems hungry? Or perhaps a mother is returning to work and is considering supplementing with formula. Your baby may become more and more sleepy and is in danger of becoming very weak, dehydrated or unresponsive unless he gets enough to eat. Even so, building a very low milk supply can take time and a full supply may not always be possible.